It was a good news, bad news kind of practice for the Giants' defensive line on Wednesday.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) practiced for the first time since mid August but Justin Tuck (neck/groin) sat out and rode the bike on the sidelines.
Tuck has a lingering neck issue and tweaked his groin during the Giants' win at Philadelphia on Sunday.
"He won't practice but he has made good progress both days, and we are very encouraged by that part," Coughlin said Wednesday.
Umenyiora practiced for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 19.
"There will be [limitations] but I don't think he thinks of it as any kind of limitation," Coughlin said before Umenyiora took the field. "I'm hoping we can have one good day and then no repercussions the next day and that will help us understand what we got. I would like Osi to have some practice time. He definitely needs to spend some time on the field with his teammates and put him back in those situations."
Umenyiora took part in all team drills during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media.
WR Mario Manningham (concussion), who has been cleared to practice, looked like he hadn't missed a step while running routes on Wednesday.
Also, rookie CB Prince Amukamara, who broke his foot in training camp, took part in individual drills on the sideline Wednesday.
Coughlin said Amukamara is "a ways" away from returning to the field.